Greatest Beatle Song Ever?

By Sarah Amos

Aug 26, 2010 1:40pm

Xorje Olivares reports from New York City: Music fans everywhere will be able to get an anthology of some of the Beatles’ greatest hits — well, with a little help from our friends at Rolling Stone that is.
  The entertainment magazine has released a special collector’s edition issue entitled “The Beatles: 100 Greatest Songs,” in which it lists its favorite top tunes from the British pop stars. The issue coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of their final studio album, “Let It Be.” On Wednesday, the magazine released its Top 10 list of greatest Beatles songs, with the 1967 John Lennon and Paul McCartney collaboration “A Day in the Life,” coming out on top. The song, which was the final track on the band’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” record, was reportedly inspired by newspaper articles and McCartney’s past. “A lot of pleasure and some questions, [but] the No. 1 surprised people the most,” said John Dioso, deputy managing editor for Rolling Stone and editor of the Beatles’ edition, when asked what the feedback has been on the issue so far. “People are entitled to their opinion, which is the fun part about doing these lists. But at the end of the day, it’s a very subjective list.” Dioso said it took as many as four weeks for staff members to compile their lists of the greatest songs, which were then considered for the final issue. After weeding out certain requests, the group ranked the remaining songs based on criteria such as musical innovation and historical importance. Dioso placed “A Day in the Life” at the top of his list, calling it the “center of a masterpiece album.” Also leading Rolling Stone’s list at No. 2 was the 1963 classic “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” which was the Beatles’ first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song eventually became the band’s best-selling single worldwide. CLICK HERE to watch Diane’s conversation with Ringo Starr on his 70th birthday Following at No. 3 was “Strawberry Fields Forever,” which was inspired by Lennon’s childhood, and “Yesterday,” which according to Guinness World Records, has the most cover versions of any song ever written, with more than 3,000. “Hey Jude,” considered to be one of the Beatles’ signature songs, was ranked seventh on the list. Interestingly enough, though nominated for record of the year, song of the year and best pop performance by a group with vocal at the 1969 Grammy Awards, the group went home empty-handed that night in those categories. At No. 8 was the 1970 hit “Let It Be,” which many critics have credited as being the Beatles’ greatest song. Rounding out the list are “Come Together,” which was the opening track on “Abbey Road,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which was written for “The White Album” by lead guitarist George Harrison. Rolling Stone actually ranked the latter song No. 135 on its  list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. “We thought it was a risky proposition, seeing how passionate people are about this particular band. We knew it was opening up Pandora’s Box to some extent,” Dioso said. “Once we decided to do that…we wanted it to be a stand-alone special issue. We wanted to pay tribute to the Beatles in a way that we haven’t done before.” Rolling Stone’s Complete Top 10 List:
1. ”A Day in the Life”
2. ”I Want to Hold Your Hand”
3. ”Strawberry Fields Forever”
4. ”Yesterday”
5. ”In My Life”
6. ”Something”
7. ”Hey Jude”
8. ”Let it Be”
9. ”Come Together”
10. ”While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

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